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by Bob and Debby Gass

What’s your dream? (2)

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YOUR YOUNG MEN SHALL SEE VISIONS.

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Andrés Segovia was born in Southern Spain and began playing guitar as a small child. In those days the guitar was little more than a folk instrument. Serious composers and musicians didn’t respect it. But Segovia saw potential in the guitar for classical music. He began studying the techniques of classical musicians who played the violin and cello. Then he applied those techniques to his playing and developed other methods on his own. He adapted the compositions of masters such as Bach, and learned to play them on his instrument. In 1909, Segovia made his debut – at the age of 16. In 1919, he toured the world and won over the classical establishment. Soon, for the first time, composers were writing classical music for the guitar and a whole new kind of music was born. Over the course of nearly 80 years, Segovia completely changed people’s perception of his instrument. But like many big dreams that become realised, his dream made an impact far beyond what he imagined. It could be argued that his efforts opened the door for the guitar, not only to the concert hall but also to the jazz band. That in turn led to the electrically amplified guitar. So whether you’re into ‘The Kooks’ or ‘Delirious?’ you can thank Andrés Segovia! If it wasn’t for his dream, the music of the 20th century may have gone in an entirely different direction. Have you heard the cheesy saying, ‘big oaks grow from little acorns’? well it’s true isn’t it?! When you discover your God-given dream and commit to it, there’s no telling how far you’ll go or what kind of impact you’ll make.

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